New 911 Officially Revealed
The 992 is the eighth all-new generation of Porsche 911 in more than five decades and, as expected, it is an evolutionary design not a revolutionary one – at least on the face of it. Revealed to the world on the eve of the L.A Motor Show at the Porsche Experience Centre Los Angeles, the new generation of car is unmistakably 911. The 992 boasts a more muscular stance than its predecessor, employing the design language of its stablemates both inside and out, however, it also features some new Porsche advents.
The 992’s outer skin is made almost entirely from aluminium with the exception of its front and rear ends, enlarged wheel arches swallow staggered 20- (front) and 21-inch (rear) alloy wheels, dimensions which match the footprint of the second generation 991 GT2 RS. Importantly there will no longer be narrow and wide body 911s, all will now feature haunches as wide, if not wider, than those typically reserved for Turbo models. In profile the 992 appears smoother than its forebear, that’s in part due to flush-mounted electric pop-out door handles.
The distinctive nose of this new car is 45mm wider than the vehicle it replaces, it wears new LED headlights, these frame a restyled bonnet which features a pronounced recess. It is, however, the rear end that has seen perhaps the most obvious changes. A large adjustable rear spoiler sits above a single piece light bar which runs the width of the car’s rump, a design statement we’ve seen emerging across the Porsche family of vehicles recently.
For now just two 992 models have been launched – Carrera S and Carrera 4S, we anticipate the entry-level Carrera models will follow in due course. Thanks to an improved Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) process and a new setup for the twin turbochargers and the intercooler system, the force induced flat-six engine in the S now develops 450hp, an increase of 30hp on the old car. The rear-wheel-drive 992 Carrera S coupé can hit 62mph in 3.7 seconds, the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S in 3.6 seconds – that’s four-tenths of a second quicker for each than their respective forebears. Cars equipped with the Sport Chrono Package are able to hit the benchmark speed 0.2 seconds quicker still.
The Carrera S will top out at 191mph, the 4S 191mph. Porsche claims fuel consumption of 31.7mpg on the combined cycle for the Carrera S, 31.4mpg for the Carrera 4S with 205 g/km CO2 and 206 g/km CO2 respectively. Power is translated to the road through an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission which is approximately 50 percent smaller than the seven-speed version it replaces, though there is no mention of a manual gearbox option at this stage though we understand that this will be made available in time.
Pleasingly the central rev counter remains analogue, but either side of it comes a new digital dashboard, an evolution of what we’ve seen before in 911 cockpits. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system has been enlarged to 10.9-inches, it features a new layout designed to make it easier to operate while on the move – the PCM system is permanently connected and includes online navigation and Porsche Connect Plus. Underneath the larger screen sit five traditional buttons, these provide access to vehicle functions such as stability systems and adaptive suspension settings.
Making a reappearance is the now familiar drive mode options, this time they include a new one – Porsche Wet mode. This setting detects water on the road and prepares the car’s systems accordingly. For the first time on a 911, Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is available, in addition, new levels of connectivity utilise swarm intelligence whereby the car can communicate and learn about its surroundings from outside sources, such as other vehicles. Further digital advents come in the form of two new features which will appear on UK cars. The first is the Porsche Road Trip app designed to help enthusiasts plan, organise and navigate during special trips.The second new feature is ‘Porsche Impact’ – an emissions calculator for neutralising your individual carbon footprint.
Pricing for the 992 Carrera S coupé PDK starts at £93,110.00, the 992 Carrera 4S coupé (with PDK) is priced from £98,418.00. Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland are taking orders now. Visit the Porsche website for more details: www.porsche.com